Grateful Dead Live at The Crystal Ballroom on 1968-02-03
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(1) The first few bars of Dark Star are missing and at the end of it, Phil says "Leave the light on, will ya?", then a few more notes, and China Cat starts. Dark Star maps: 0.00 - start, intro, jam, theme ; 1.31 - start verse one ; 2.22 - end verse one, then various short jams, that later appear full blown on the "Live/Dead" version ; 4.04 - start verse two ; 4.57 - end verse two ; 5.11 - Phil Lesh says: "Leave the light on, will ya?" ; closing notes; 5.28 - Dark Star ends. The Eleven maps: 0.00 - starts with Garcia ; 0.16 - the eleven, for real ; 0.28 - Lesh joins in ; 0.54 - everyone is doing the eleven ; 2.46 - pre-vocals theme ; 2.57 - start verses ; 3.39 - end verses then jam ; 5.18 Garcia starts a new theme not in 11/4 time.
(2) The first few notes of Cryptical are missing.
(3) After the first Cryptical, there is no Drums intro to The Other One. This show is the first with the standard Other One lyrics - however, Bobby does flub them a bit: A Spanish lady comes to me, she lays on me this rose It rainbows, spirals round and round, it trembles and explodes It left my mind, crater of a mind..., what the hey And the heat came round and busted me for smiling on a cloudy day I was skipping through the lilly fields, when I came across an empty space It quivered and exploded, left a bus stop in its place The bus came by and I got on, that's when it all began There was Cowboy Neal, at the wheel, of a bus to never-ever land It's the rose from the Spanish lady that rainbows, spirals, trembles and explodes - instead of the rainbow spiraling, trembling, and exploding. Bob Weir stated in an interview that after they got back from this tour they found out that Neal Cassady had died on
(4) This Jam sounds like a Spanish Jam, but it is rather rough, and it is Phil playing the lead part that Jerry would normally play, with appropriate drums and organ flourishes.
Uploaded by Julian (Jools) Elliott 1 February 2003
Postscript: this shn set had sector boundary errors on 8 of the 9 tracks, and was not seekable. The SBE's were fixed with shntool, and made seekable with mkwACT Feb3/03, and re-upload to tol.etree.org.
Subject: the eleven
Subject: A good version
Subject: great companion set to 2/2
this winter '68 tour was really something else...
Subject: They're all bold as love
And this show? Five stars, of course.
Subject: It's amazing how much they grew as a band in less than a year
In one way at least, they sound better here than later, and that's due to Pigpen. Despite anything you might have read, he was right there with them in the early part of 68; T.C. only coming in for the studio work. I suspect that either he got disgusted trying to keep up with Garcia and Lesh and gave up or that his alcoholism got in the way. I think his playing in 1-2/68 sounds better than what T.C. was putting out a year later. That may have been due to the mix. Pigpen is much louder here than T.C. on, say, Live Dead.
Subject: Top-notch Anthem-of-the-Sun show
China Cat sparkles, a short but brilliant shooting star. It’s followed by an energetic The Eleven. The band delivers a very tight Cryptical>Other One. I love these Anthem-era Other One’s, electric intensity with Pigpen’s organ providing color--he really goes at it in this one. New Potato is also great, again, with Pigpen an integral part of the sound. Bob sounds great on vocals, and the jam has a nice bounce to it.
Born-Crossed is a standard for Anthem fans, but it’s actually a rarity, performed only 14 times. Even rarer is following New Potato, as it does in Anthem and here. The two work well together. It sounds like some of this Born-Crossed Eyed was used on Anthem.
February 1968 is an outstanding month of shows near the end of the 6-month Anthem of the Sun recordings. The run of 2/2, 2/03, 2/14, and 2/23-2/23 Kings Beach Lake Tahoe (Dick’s Picks Vol. 22) are all outstanding shows in an outstand run of Anthem shows. You can also throw in 1/20/68, and it rivals any run in the history of the Dead.
Subject: Here I Go
The Eureka show, which kicked off the tour, is Electric Ladyland. Some nice vocals at the beginning but the playing (jazzy and swinging in Clementine, emotionally empowering in New Potato Caboose and explosive in Born Cross Eyed through to the gentle end to a very short Dark Star) is the most beautiful thing I ever heard. My favorite part during this whole sequence is during Space when the band slows down a little bit and then Pig starts up the Spanish Jam theme.
The February 2 show at the Crystal Ballroom is my favorite of the three. This is Are You Experienced? because not only is the playing phenomenal but the singing is exceptional to especially for Bob Weir. Clementine is the track to listen for here.
The February 3 show is Axis: Bold As Love as they all sing very well and the jamming is short and sweet but does not become to aggressive or emotional.
I am voting this 4 stars because the Other One suite is great but it doesn't hold a candle to the 2-2 version. If New Potato were not on here, it would probably get three stars. If you want to find a magical transition from China Cat into Eleven get the 2-14 show.
Subject: The Eleven
This show incidentally is well worth the listen.
Subject: First "The Eleven"
If you want to know how they got to fucking around with non standard tempos (The Eleven in in 11/4 time signature), read about it in Mickey Hart's "Drumming at the Edge of Magic", a fantastic read. Basically, the Dead's more complicated edge sprouted when they brought on Mickey, and Mickey had been influenced by Ravi Shankar's tabla player, Alla Rakha, who showed him how you can split up the beat into any groups large and small and combine them at will.
Back to this show. It's one of the "Sacred Seventeen" (or 16? what's with 3/17 being put in "(17)" like that??) live shows that was used in the mixing of Anthem of the Sun. Be aware that the original puke green label mix is far superior to the later "normal" Warner Bros label mix.
Every one of these shows are so fresh, daring, edgy, and with set lists to die for. There was something special about this point in time, early '68, where you feel that they finally arrived at who they were.
Subject: Great Show
for a more in depth review, scroll down and look at the one written by Phokus
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Subject: Killer NPC
Subject: Dark Star Didn't Crash....
This is definately one to download.
Subject: Cool Show, Good Sound
Subject: Primal Dead
Makes one wonder whether folks were hopping up and down on the Crystal Ballroom's spring-loaded dance floor or if they were just sitting in stunned silence while their collective mind was being seriously blown.